Karel Košárek, graduated from the P.J. Vejvanovsky´ Conservatory of Kroměříž and continued with his studies under Valentina Kameníková at the Prague Conservatory, before entering the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with František Rauch and Kvitoslava Bilinská. In 1991, on the basis of a successful international audition, he received a four-year scholarship from the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, studying there with Harris Crohn and Joaquín Achúcarro. He completed his studies in the United States in 1995 receiving the Artist Certificate and the degree of Master in Music. Karel Košárek has won a number of international piano competitions. In 1990 he received First Prize in the Smetana Piano Competition in Hradec Králové and became laureate of the International F. P. Neglia Competition in Enna, Italy. This success was followed by victory in the International Young Artist Competition in Corpus Christi, USA (1992) and in the International Piano Competition in San Antonio, USA (1993). In addition to this he won the Von Mickwitz Prize for 1992 and the J. K. Wilson Prize for 1993, awarded by the Meadows Foundation to the best graduates from American universities. Other achievements include participation in the finale of one of the most prestigious American piano competitions, the Walter Naumburg, in New York in 1997. Recitals given in the past seasons in the United States, Tel Aviv, and St Petersburg, and appearance in concerts in Japan, document his international musical involvement. He has also appeared at international music festivals, including the Prague Spring, Concentus Moraviae, International Piano Festival in Česky´ Krumlov, the Janáček May Festival, and the Bohuslav Martinů Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with American orchestras, including the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, I Palpiti, Meadows Wind Ensemble, and the St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra. He has also been involved in chamber music performance and as an accompanist in vocal recitals, notably with the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená throughout the Czech Republic, in Hamburg and in Vienna, in France and in the United States.